Whenever consumers make Jell-O, thicken gravy or add corn starch to a pie filling, they knowingly or unknowingly are using hydrocolloids to thicken their products and give them a desired consistency. As health-and-wellness trends impact new product development, beverage formulators increasingly are using these ingredients to give consumers the clean label, nutrient-enriched beverages they seek, experts say.
Acquisition will expand Ingredion’s specialty ingredients portfolio
October 15, 2014
Westchester, Ill.-based Ingredion Inc., a global ingredients solutions provider specializing in nature-based sweeteners, starches and nutrition ingredients, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Penford Corp., a Centennial, Colo.-based leader in specialty ingredients for food and non-food applications.
When playing Jenga, players have to carefully remove small wooden blocks to simplify a tower’s structure without pulling out the wrong block, which can cause the tower to topple. In some ways, formulating beverages is like playing a game of Jenga: Formulators add and remove certain elements to simplify beverage processing or meet consumer interests; however, if they pull out the wrong ingredient, the beverage’s structure can fall apart.
Similar to how gamers try to navigate through the complex and intricate challenges of some of today’s latest video games, research and development (R&D) specialists for the beverage marketplace are navigating through their own sets of challenges as they develop more complex formulations.
Hydrocolloids provide solutions for new formulations
February 13, 2012
As beverage-makers dream up new formulations to address the gamut of consumer requests, such as natural, diet, functional or indulgent products, new recipes often can spur the need for new solutions from ingredient suppliers. In response, hydrocolloid manufacturers have developed portfolios of binding ingredients that are able to perform in new applications.
Use of starches in flavor and cloud emulsions is increasing due to the price volatility of the gum market, says Adrienne Stucky, associate food scientist at Tate & Lyle. Starches are becoming increasingly popular as a cost-effective replacement for gum Arabic in flavored oil emulsions, she says.